Chargers Week Two Report Card

Hard to imagine another drubbing happening, but it did. Some units even got a passing grade in the loss. The San Diego Chargers have their work cut out for them this week as they will have to prepare for the Lewis', Jamal and Ray. No week is easy in the NFL and the team needs to be better prepared. With that, the grades of the week:

Quarterbacks:

Drew Brees was not as crisp as a week ago. A few passes sailed on him and he was not able to convert when he needed to. The Broncos knew he would be passing and he suffered despite having more time than a week ago.

Grade: C

Running Backs:

LaDainian Tomlinson provided a glimpse of what he can provide when the game is close. He is the essence of ball control and should the Chargers ever be in the game, he will be the difference. He ran with ease and grace, something all Chargers fans have been enjoying for two plus seasons now.

Jesse Chatman had a great catch in the fourth quarter in garbage time. He showed nice concentration in batting a ball back to himself, before scampering 23 yards.

Grade: B+

Receivers:

Eric Parker showed why he deserves to play. He missed just one ball on the day and was getting open with regularity despite the loss of several other receivers. Tim Dwight missed a ball in the end zone that he should have corralled and was not his regular high energy self. Kassim Osgood played for the injured Reche Caldwell and did not distinguish himself in a positive manner.

Grade: D

Tight Ends:

Stephen Alexander went down early after hurting his groin again. He missed the only ball thrown his way on that play. Justin Peelle caught three passes the rest of the way and showed some glimpses of a future. His blocking was decent, except a missed block around the goalline.

Grade: C-

Offensive Line:

Barely any pressure on Brees all day long and the ground game was solid behind this line. Penalties, especially one to Jason Ball that wiped out a long gain, were what killed this unit. Five penalties, aka drive killers, were committed by the unit.

Grade: C-

Defensive Line:

They had pressure early, as in the first two plays, and were never heard from again. Marcellus Wiley was better this week, but overall the line play was shoddy. They were beat at the point of attack repeatedly and it showed.

Grade: F

Linebackers:

All were out of position on Sunday. The whole crew overpursued plays, got caught up in the line or was simply out of position. The lone bright spot was Zeke Moreno causing a fumble, but even that the Bolts could not recover.

Grade: F

Secondary:

The played man to man most of the day and held the Denver offense in check for a good portion of the day. Having to contend with the run and play action, they were better than they may have looked. Quentin Jammer, on the Clinton Portis 58 yard run, looked like a spectator running beside Portis to encourage him on. The penalties will come in man to man, and the calls against them were tough.

Grade: D

Special Teams:

Eric Parker was again solid in punt return duty. Tim Dwight looked tired returning kickoffs. Darren Bennett had one 32 yard punt, but his other four were solid. The coverage team allowed two long runbacks, but one was negated with a penalty.

Grade: C

Coaching:

The team was ill prepared for the second week in a row. They came into the game knowing they would have to stop the run and didn't come close to accomplishing their goal. The choice to kick field goals when the game was still close was suspect, especially considering the defense was having trouble limiting points against.

Grade: F

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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